The War of the Whisperers, Adam Niswander, Hippocampus Press, $20, 342 pages, ISBN: 9780982429617, reviewed by Barry Hunter.
It’s hard to believe that almost seventeen years since I first read of the Shaman and their fight to preserve human kind in THE CHARM. Each of their adventures has taken them into the Cthulhu Mythos and overcoming creatures controlled by the Great Old Ones. Niswander has added the Native American lore of the Southwest and created a marvelous series of novels.
In this terrific addition to the canon, Lotus Farley, Tom Bear, Kade Wonto and Danny Webb unite to help search for bodies after Lotus finds two skeletons near the reservation. The FBI also gets involved as they investigate a paramilitary group called the Army of the Dream and the murder of the Sheriff. There is also a community of Freemen in the area. They live in the wild and recognize no civil authority over them.
It seems that Jason Trehearne, leader of the AOD, and several others hear voices that command them and help them plan the eradication of humankind. They are known as the Whisperers, the Thule and the Overmind. They have been around for ages and have been the voices in the heads of Hitler, Napoleon, Alexander the Great and others. They are energy beings that feed on the pain of the world, and they seek to start a conflict so they may gain the strength to take over the world.
Although not as action packed as other volumes in the series, the shaman are able to work together and gather a force large enough to put an end to the Whisperer’s plan. Be sure to pick up his and the other volumes so you can be ready for the next volume, NEMESIS OF NIGHT coming soon from Hippocampus Press.